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Poster: tank_tuba Date: Dec 10, 2007 12:21pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: 5/7/77 Show

This show was put up a little while ago. It got me wondering, how come 5/8/77 became so popular? Whether you think it is or not, it does have the distinction of being the best Dead show ever played. Was it availability of a high quality tape?
Word of mouth?
Is it overrated? Underrated?
Even DSO played 5/8 on 5/8 this year. So it is held in some esteem.

I'm curious to others opinions. I think 5/8 is a smoking show, just outstanding, especially the second set. Best ever? Not for me. There are other shows I like better.

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Poster: ONEPROWIERDO420 Date: Dec 10, 2007 1:09pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 5/7/77 Show

seen dso that night was great but it was not grate ! still had fun though

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Poster: jerkwaterdan Date: Dec 10, 2007 10:47pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 5/7/77 Show

I like what Dick Latvala said about 5/8/77: it wasn't even the best show OF THE WEEK let alone EVER. Always preferred 5/9/77 Buffalo and 5/18/77 and 5/19/77 from the Fox in Atlanta and the 5/25/77 Mosque show from Richmond and 5/21/77 from Lakeland better. October and November are also the homes of much better shows than Cornell IMHO.

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Poster: tank_tuba Date: Dec 11, 2007 9:06am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 5/7/77 Show

I think the same thing. It just seems that 5/8 gets more notoriety than any other show from '77. I was really just curious why. I think it was a high quality recording and it was widely distributed. There are a bunch of other shows from '77 I think are better, but if they had the same treatment as 5/8, they would be talked about in the same way.

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Poster: Earl B. Powell Date: Dec 10, 2007 1:33pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 5/7/77 Show

This show probably had the best quality "sound" of any of the tapes that circulated for years back in the last century. Combined with the tightness exhibited throughout the spring of 77 tour, it became legendary. I'm in the camp that would give this a top ten, and a top five of what hasn't been published for commercial sale...strictly on the merits of Scarlet/Fire and Morning Dew. I'm also in the camp that believes the spring 77 tour ranks right up there with Europe 72 in terms of quality musicianship and recordings.

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Poster: ONEPROWIERDO420 Date: Dec 10, 2007 2:12pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 5/7/77 Show

DIG IT EBP

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Poster: mcgannahan Date: Dec 10, 2007 2:16pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 5/7/77 Show

i think people need to forget all the hype and just listen to a show unbiased and draw their own conclusions. you'll be disappointed in lots of touted shows, and overlook plenty of gems. i don't even read reviews anymore. i just play and listen.

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Poster: Speaking in Swords Date: Dec 10, 2007 3:05pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 5/7/77 Show

I agree with Mr. Skjellyfetti. Some shows definitely do warrant at least of the hype they've garnered from listeners, but the ones I keep coming back to are usually the gems that go under appreciated.

There are other shows from that month that far outshine 5/8 in my eyes, but then I again I also prefer shows from later in the year to those in May. YMMV?

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Poster: craven714 Date: Dec 10, 2007 3:01pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 5/7/77 Show

have to agree with mcg; pull a date out of a hat I say.

I think the sound quality you mention has alot to do
with 5-7-77 & 5-8-77 being Betty boards.
Google betty boards (not snowboards) and look at the list.
I wish I knew more about the Bet-ster. But all I can say
is if the show is on a Betty board, it is usually a great
show, and has great sound quality.

But my point being: Listen to 5-7&8-77. Its some of the
cream of the crop as far as the Dead goes. But asking
about (or for you Canadians: aboot) oh....say....
Why is 12-10-71 so good? What about any Europe 72 date?
Why is anything between 73 and 75 simply amazing.
Why did the hottest Samson and Delilah occur on 6-15-76
at the Beacon? Or the 7-18 show of 76? What fuckin planet
are the Dead on Oct. 9 of '76?\
Oh and why is the Swing 77 one of the most downloaded item
on this sight?
Why does listening to The Mosque 5-25-77 make me wanna rip
out my eyeballs and shove them up my ass? Late 79?
Dont get some people around here started on late 79!! lol
I really could go on and on but... (Im skipping 2 decades)
Great sound is where you find it my friend.

Bit Torrent, gdfiles, lossless, its all out there for us
Case in point is SDH listing that crispy, yet low-end
9-2-80. Great sound quatily and great show.
And at the end of the day, that's all we really want
Sometimes a MP3 AUD makes the hairs on the back of my nuts
stand up like it was a reel to reel.
So keep searchin for the sound 420. I know I will...


damn....speakin of 420...............................................

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Dec 10, 2007 1:04pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 5/7/77 Show

best ever

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Poster: L.A. Women Date: Dec 10, 2007 1:09pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 5/7/77 Show

it was available on high quality tape